This Day in History

The Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, two of America’s most famous outlaws during the Great Depression, were ambushed and killed by police near Sailes, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, on May 23, 1934. The duo was notorious for their bank robberies and had captured the public’s imagination through a mix of romanticized and brutal exploits. Their deaths marked the end of a nationwide manhunt and symbolized a turning point in law enforcement’s approach to dealing with public enemies and the use of media in criminal justice.